Today in the local newspaper I saw an article about how Penn Highlands (local community college) is teaming up with a young man who works as a medium to create some kind of paranormal show. Of course we always stay far away from such things, because what happens with this is an attempt to seek spiritual power from forces other than God. In very simple language it means inviting the devil or one of his fallen angels into your home. This is not simply some sort of simpleton way of viewing things, but it is a real spiritual truth: we do not invite the devil into our lives. This is not made up. Rather, we invite Christ into our homes. This is the best way to protect ourselves and our families. Our savior came to redeem all of creation, and we do not want to live in darkness apart from Him. Read More
I apologize that it has been so long since a post! At the end of September I began a new assignment: I was named Administrator of Saint Andrew Church in Johnstown, which geographically is pretty close to where I was previously assigned. It has kept me very busy, and unfortunately I have not devoted time to posting here. Hopefully in 2020 with a few routine adjustments I can do that. I will hopefully post about some of the great things that have been happening at Saint Andrew.
Here is my homily I preached for my Christmas Masses. Have a blessed season of Christmas! Read More
Every Sunday we profess, “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.” Do we ever think about what that means?
In the first reading we hear the prophet Habakkuk (1:2-3; 2:2-4) complaining to the Lord. He is experiencing a real trial and wonders why God does not answer his prayers. Even when it seems evil is triumphing, God will be triumphant in the end. God is calling us to a deeper patience, a deeper trust. Times of unanswered prayer are times that God uses to call us to a deeper and more intense life of prayer. Moments of trial are when we have nothing but God. Read More
It is very possible that by the end of the day I could be standing before God at my judgment. Now that you’re awake!…This actually could happen of course to any one of us. I hope it doesn’t, but we never know how much time our Lord is going to give. It’s also true that we need to die to self every single day of our lives, as our Lord calls us to do.
Saint Teresa of Avila reminds us: “Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one glory, which is eternal. If you do this, you will stop worrying about many things.”
Not too long after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the deadly shootout in Waco Texas that killed 76, Saint Mother Teresa came to the United States where she addressed the National Prayer Breakfast. She spoke words which we should continue to take to heart: “And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” (she makes these comments starting about 14:50 in the following video) Read More